This is a guest review written by my friend Kelly, aka WhimsyBeading.
I recently purchased the Boscia Super Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm after seeing it advertised in a “new arrivals” email from Sephora. It’s currently a Sephora exclusive product, which doesn’t bother me much, since I don’t need much of an excuse to visit my local Sephora! I was intrigued by an eye product in balm form, and the “super cool” part sounded right up my street since my eyes have been very dry and irritated lately. I figured I’d have little to lose, since I’m now over 35 and have never found my holy grail eye moisturizer product. My eyelids are so oily that putting additional moisturizers on my eyes have been much more hit than miss. Maybe the balm would be a good compromise between an eye cream and well, nothing.
The Website Claims:
A cooling and soothing balm that instantly de-puffs and revives tired eyes. Give your eyes an instant pick-me-up with this seven-peptide complex that helps diminish puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. The silky smooth formula glides on with super-cooling, light hydration and flawlessly blends under or over makeup. The formula of licorice root extract, a soothing antioxidant, nourishes and protects the delicate eye area and the blend of botanical oils provides sheer hydration.
This balm is preservative-free, dermatologist-tested, alcohol-free, pH balanced, free of animal testing and animal ingredients.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Stearate, Anhydroxylitol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, PEG-8 Dimethicone, PEG-150 Stearate, Dimethicone, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/ Stem Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Flower/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide -7, Potassium Alginate, Amino-Esters-1, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tropolone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Pearl Powder, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Menthyl Lactate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.
-Super-7-Peptide Complex: Inhibits loss of elasticity and subsequent eye-bag formation by preventing liquid accumulation, regulating cell activities, and repairing tissue.
-Licorice Root Extract: A soothing antioxidant that nourishes and protects the delicate eye area.
-Rose and Rosemary Oil: A blend of botanical oils that provide sheer hydration.
-Boscia’s Botanical Blend, including Jojoba Leaf and Willowherb: Prevents free-radical damage while nourishing skin, calming inflammation, and reducing visible redness and irritation.
$26 for .14 oz
So what do I think about the Super Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm after using it twice daily for two weeks? On the whole, I like it very much.
The “super cool” effect takes a little getting used to, since for me it’s not an instant effect, but something that takes a few minutes to really kick in. It’s not exactly a tingling feeling, like you might have with a cooling lip product; it feels more like an ice pack on your eyes. The effect lasts anywhere from five to ten minutes for me.
The balm isn’t terribly greasy, and it dries quickly enough that I can apply it right before I am putting on my morning moisturizing/oil control serum and by the time I’ve applied the serum, my eyelids are dry enough to apply eye shadow primer. As far as hydration goes, my eyelids do feel smoother, and when I’ve had dark circles under my eyes, the balm does help them to calm down before I put on my makeup.
On the downside, the product is very small for its $26 USD price tag. The tube itself is about two inches high, and the product inside is probably an inch and half tall, and an inch in diameter. I knew that part before I made my purchase, thanks to reading the Sephora reviews, but I decided to treat myself anyway. I’ve paid more for products that I didn’t like half as well, and with Sephora’s generous return policy, I felt like it was worth the risk. It’s definitely a product that I will re-purchase when the time comes.
Product purchased by Kelly. All opinions are her own. Thank you Kelly!
I just googled this and ended up back here, lol. I saw it at Sephora yesterday and wondered if it worked, and worked well enough for the price. The thing is tiny. My eyes are a mess. I have small wrinkles from shunning sunblock when I was younger and baggage fit for a reality TV star, most of which is genetic, but I’m always trying to lighten it so I don’t need so much concealer. Thanks for tellifng the internet how it worked for you.
Kelly really liked this product, despite its small size. We took 1 star off for the size/price.
It sound very good, but the price keeps me from getting it.
We took one star off for the size/price. Maybe watch for one of the Sephora sales?
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Definitely caught my eye (pun intended ;), but I will have to watch (pun again) for a Sephora sale. Thanks for the review! ^.^
I’m wondering how the company can claim the product is ‘preservative free’ with all of the natural extracts they claim is in the product. Doesn’t make any sense at all. Seeing Butylene Glycol as the second ingredient & dimethicone not far down the list also makes this a product I’d definitely give a miss. There is basically no set regulations when it comes to the claims that can be made by cosmetics companies, so it’s really important to pay attention to this stuff. Disappointing because the extracts in this interested me a great deal. But mixed in with the amount of chemicals they combined them with just ruins it for me
I’ve noticed a lot of people dislike dimethicone recently. And I agree with you, it’s frustrating to see the claims companies make that they can’t back up.
Interesting point. If you haven’t tried Burt’s Bees Repair Serum, you might like it better. I used it for quite a while, but the oil would sometimes get into my eyes. I still use it during really bad Rosacea flare-ups.
What? You’re over 35? I thought you were maybe 28. This is kind of a novel eye product. I’m intrigued but I really think I should be looking for a good eye cream with spf.
Kelly is over 35, I’m not there yet. As mentioned above, this was a guest post written by Kelly
Yep, I’m the over-35 one, not Phyrra.
Oh gosh, I haven’t learned how to read yet -____-’. I shouldn’t internet at night.